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  • artificial and inferior
    • ersatz coffee
    • substitute coffee
  • serving or used in place of another
    • an alternative plan
  • capable of substituting in any of several positions on a team
    • a utility infielder
  • someone who takes the place of another (as when things get dangerous or difficult)
    • the star had a stand-in for dangerous scenes
    • we need extra employees for summer fill-ins
  • an athlete who plays only when a starter on the team is replaced
  • a person or thing that takes or can take the place of another
  • act as a substitute
    • She stood in for the soprano who suffered from a cold
  • be a substitute
    • The young teacher had to substitute for the sick colleague
    • The skim milk substitutes for cream--we are on a strict diet
  • put in the place of another; switch seemingly equivalent items
    • the con artist replaced the original with a fake Rembrandt
    • substitute regular milk with fat-free milk
    • synonyms can be interchanged without a changing the context's meaning
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